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Jen Weiss

Jen Weiss is the director of Youth Speaks NY. She is co-author of Brave New Voices.

Bait & Switch: A View of the Cell Phone Ban, From the Bronx

Lolo wakes up at 5:30 in the morning while the sky is still dark. He jets out of his apartment in the Castle Hill section of the Bronx by 6:30 and hops the 6 train southbound to 125th to catch the 4 train northbound to Mosholu Parkway, getting to his high school in the Bronx by about 7:45. If he gets there any later, the lines outside his school prevent him from landing in his first period class by 8:15. If he’s late, even by a minute, he sits in the lunchroom for the entirety of first period. Three days out of five, Lolo is late for first period.

Young Choreographers: A New Generation

To quote Whitney Houston, “I believe the children are our future.” And after sitting through two grin-inducing, inspirational performances choreographed by dancers between the ages of 6 and 23, I believe this even more, particularly when contemplating a new generation of movement creators.

Poetic lives III: NYC’s Youth Poetry Scene

he Bringing the Noise youth open mic doesn’t start until 6 pm, but already teenagers swarm the sidewalk outside the venerable Nuyorican Poets Café.

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The Brooklyn Rail

JUL-AUG 2020

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